Thursday, March 3, 2016

Recommended Cookbooks

Various cooking and baking utensils on shelf and hanging from rail. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 10 Feb 2016.
If you've read this blog before, you know we are unabashed foodies who love to read about food! But there are so many new cookbooks out there, it can be difficult to winnow out which ones are going to get used until they are stained and falling apart and which ones are pretty to look at or might give us ideas but which, let's face it, are not really up our alley, for whatever reason. The library is a great resource for trying out cookbooks to see if they suit your cooking style and interests, but it's still nice to get recommendations, right? So, we went to the experts - foodie sites like Epicurious, Saveur, the Food Network, and Eater, among other sources - and worked our way through their best-of lists to compile a listing of recommended cookbooks you can find in our library catalog.

We found their lists to be heavy on classics, with some emphasis on global cuisine, but not much for more specialized diets - such as for vegetarians, or for cooking in a slow cooker, for instance. (There were also multiple cookbooks by Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi mentioned, but we chose to only list one for each chef.) If you have suggestions for this list or would like to see future recommendations for culinary areas not covered, let us know in the comments!

Epicurious' Cookbooks Everyone Should Own 

Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker

Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1 by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck

Chosen by experts

Jane Grigson's Fruit Book illustrated by Yvonne Skargon

The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson

Honorable mentions

We didn't have the recommended cookbooks by these authors in our catalog, but we have others!  Try cookbooks by these famous names: James Beard, Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), Nigel Slater, Anissa Helou, Elizabeth David, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers of the River Cafe, Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall of the River Cottage, Ferran Adrià, Heston Blumenthal,Thomas Keller, Christopher Kimball, Jacques Pépin, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Francis Mallmann, Diana Kennedy, and Madhur Jaffrey


The Cookbooks We Fell For in 2015 [Saveur]

Introducing the 2015 Epicurious Cookbook Canon [Epicurious]

The 21 Best Cookbooks of 2015 [Epicurious]

50 Chefs' Favorite Cookbooks [Food Network]

What's the Best Cookbook of All Time? The Answer May Surprise You [L.A. Times]

25 Greatest Cookbooks of All Time [Telegraph]

The best cookbooks of all time, as chosen by the experts [Guardian]

The Best Cookbooks of 2015 [Eater]

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